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About Palomino - Cincinnati

Palomino is a vibrant restaurant, bar and rotisserie famous for its style, hardwood fired Mediterranean cooking and versatile, imaginative menu. Guests appreciate Palomino’s gracious hospitality and talented staff for their unsurpassed enthusiasm, friendliness and skill. Palomino offers an experience that makes guests feel great at a pleasing value.

Fountain Place
505 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean, European

Hours of Operation:
WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-price Bottled Wine! (any bottle priced $26 & above).
TUESDAYS ALL DAY: Tini Tuesday Half off select Martinis
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:15 am-3pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 3pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 3pm-10p, Sunday 3pm-9pm
HAPPY HOUR in the lounge: 7 days a week from 3 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
5th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 381-1300

Website:
http://palomino.com/page/home

Entertainment:
Happy Hour every day in the Lounge from 3 pm - 11 pm
Flat Screen Tv's in Lounge

Catering:
Now Offering Delivery, please call for details.

Parking Details:
Public Parking Options:
Fountain Square Parking Garage located off of Vine St.
Fountain Place Garage off of Race Street, with elevator access to Palomino.

Public Transit:
Metro and Northern Kentucky Tank Bus

Executive Chef:
Aaron Houghton

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private space available up to 120ppl Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Taylor Beach : (513) 381-1300

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Palomino - Cincinnati Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (38)
Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (32)
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Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Casual (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Romantic (15)
People Watching (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Cozy (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined a day ago

Our annual Wednesday before Thanksgiving “Friendsgiving” meal was just as lovely as always. We get a reservation even though it isn’t that busy.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

Possibly the worst service ever...more than 30 minutes to get a drink. Ordered food never arrived...but was on bill :( Server couldn't figure out how to split the bill - three tries later and still wrong. Manager finally comped us drinks but well after the evening spoiled. But food was good.

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·Dined 5 days ago

The service was great. Our waitress was wonderful. But the own falls was no salad with meals (extra Cost) not enough steak sauce selection ( I like Heinz 57 ) didn't have, ask for table by window got the second row by window, no regular butter for bread, our salad was dry( not enough salad dressing) but food was great, drinks was good, kept our water glass full.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

This was our third time here. We visit every year on our anniversary and was extremely disappointed. The past two times were excellent, but I can’t say the same for this time. The server was not very attentive and didn’t seem focused. We put in our order and then 25 minutes later she came back to recap what we had ordered as if she had forgot to put it in. We wait a long time for our food and both the crab artichoke dip and my steak was over cooked. The server seem focused on apologizing for tables that were dirty around our table instead of focusing on getting our experience right. Very disappointed in what is usually a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Previous experiences over the years have been very good. Hadn’t returned for a couple of years and things have really slipped. Our advance table location request was not only ignored but we were told it was a table for 4, only to be filled by another couple (that’s 2) as we watched. It took about a half hour to have our wine order delivered and the lukewarm Lobster Bisque that we ordered only appeared after we mentioned to the server that we hoped that the delay in receiving the first course would not cause the soup and the entree to be delivered together. As to one of the entrees...it was Pappardelle with a short rib ragu. The meat as inedible, as the server saw a pile of grizzle and fatty meat set on the side of my plate. I was offered an alternate entree but declined. The manager listened to our tale of woe and took the entree charge off our bill with her apologies. We left the restaurant, drove home and I had a peanut butter sandwich. What a disappointing night.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

The Scallops were AMAZING! Ordered a bottle of wine as we were celebrating and they didn't have the one we requested so they upgraded us for free!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice meal and ambience

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

whenever there is a show in town we eat at Palomino's. I made the reservation 3 weeks ahead of time. Always request a window seat. We always sit in the same area. This time - there were two new people working hospitality. They informed me that NO one could reserve a window table. The girl who seated me wasn't very nice about it and placed us in an area by the bar. The waiter was fine - nothing to do with him. We ordered our food and waited 45 minutes. My friend ordered the rotisserie chicken. It wasn't done at all, she couldn't even eat it. When we told the waiter that it was still pink - he said "well that is rotisserie chicken" - Nope it isn't - it is supposed to be done! We were offered a free dessert, but we had to hurry and eat it cause it was now 7:45. We won't be back!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great place to eat. Service was outstanding and very timely. When we arrived they asked how long we had and we gave them 1 hour. They did an amazing job of getting us our food and keeping us checked on and satisfied. Everyone was super friendly and created a nice environment for a date night or special occasion. I would recommend this to anyone looking to have a good meal and environment to talk and eat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

I was served undercooked chicken. It had been sliced, so you’d think someone would have caught that mistake.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Bad night for Palomino. I went in as a single with a reservation. I opted for a table in the bar and it took 15 minutes to get a beer ordered. The only other thing I ordered was a salmon entree and it took over an hour.
They apologized and picked up my check, so they did what they could and what was right.
I generally have had good service and experiences there.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

While we had our heart set on pizzas, the dough machine was broken, so, no pizza, as well as a couple of other "doughy" things. But -- fortunately we were not on a strict budget, and definitely enjoyed the scallops and the short rib entrees. We shared the brussels sprouts -- plenty to share, and very good with pancetta and vanilla butter -- MUCH better than with balsamic like some places do it. We went early, after a matinee, so it was pretty quiet, which we enjoyed, since we didn't feel like we had to vacate the table as soon as we were done eating.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Quick service but my soup was cold :( Great appetizers and a really large menu to choose from. I️ got the mushroom soup and the shrimp + quinoa salad. My reservation was later in the evening, so I️ assume that explains why the soup was colder than I️ would have liked I️t.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Highly disappointing. Our reservation was at 7:30 pm on a Saturday. Two of the items we tried to order were not available which was disappointing as it was early in the dinner service. The food was poorly executed. The shrimp entrees were overcooked and rubbery, the salmon portions were inconsistent, not cooked to the proper temperature, and over seasoned. Service was not timely considering the low number of patrons in the restaurant. Our server began our night with an attitude of indifference to our 7 top. She tried to make up for it later but it seemed disingenuous. On the positive side, we were comped a birthday dessert. Overall, our experience at this restaurant would not encourage us to return anytime in the future.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Small flies or gnats kept landing in our drinks, told waitress. No response. Won't go back.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

very enjoyable- will definitely recommend - food choices were excellent- drinks were made just right. The service of our server was above and beyond superb!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent choices, delicious food, and great value using the 'First Seating' menu! The portobello mushroom soup and scallops entree were amazing! To top it off, I had a perfect cinnamon gelato. My only two pieces of constructive feedback: 1. We were put in an awkward seating arrangement for 7 with 3 adults in chairs and 4 adults in booth seating. This might have worked with kids, but not 50 year olds... 2. Even though our arrival was at 5:30 with 30 minutes remaining in the 'First Seating' time range, these choices were not offered to us. We had to ask for them.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had chosen palomino for it menu and location near the center. We arrived early for our reservation. About 20 minutes due to lack of knowledge of area. Walked around the block once, because it is above a Macy's store and no signs outside that we're easily visible. Bar service was slow. Appetizers and soup we're better than ok, but over priced. 16.00 for crab and artichoke dip. Mushroom soup was great . We ordered the Ribeye with truffle potatoes and the pasta with vegetables. Start with the good. The Ribeye was very good. Not much seasoning,but cook correctly. Ok that's the good. The french fries at Smash Burger have more flavor than these potatoes, which came cold! Along with an onion string topping that was also cold! The pasta dish was dry and all you could taste was the bitter greens they had placed on top. It was returned,but without getting a chance to order something else. It was handled on the bill but labeled as bland.
Throughout the meal we felt rushed by food and thirsty for drinks. We were asked if we were on any time restraints, but we weren't. All this and done in 30-45 minutes. Food delivered minutes after each other. No time to enjoy the previous.
Nothing that I had hoped for in this meal for a couple out on the town without their kids,and celebrating a birthday.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always have great food and a great view!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Reliably excellent!
First time for lunch and ai was amazed at the value that matches the imaginative menu

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very slow. not a good lunchtime option if you have any type of time constraints.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great meal early before we went to a play at the Aronolf theatre.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Dined here before theater. Server asked us if we had that plan after dinner and was conscientious about helping us get away on time. He gave us great service and our meal was tasty and satisfying.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Our waitress was wonderful and made the birthday dinner very fun! Food was wonderful too.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very nice place for dining before a broadway show at the Aronoff. Service & food were very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We have a theatre group of 6 that had a dinner reservation at 545 pm. We told staff from the moment we arrived that we had Broadway series tickets at 730 pm so we have to be out by 715. I got there early at 5pm so went to the bar. There were only about 8 people in the bar at the time. I sat at a table and was ignored for 10 minutes so I went to the bar to order a drink and appetizer which were good. Upon seating at 545pm, we told our waiter we have theatre tickets so we have to be out by 715pm. We ordered drinks and gave him our food orders promptly, since we were on a timeline. The restaurant was not real busy at 545 pm, but it did get more crowded as time went on. We put our food order in around 605pm. We got our salads promptly. However at 655pm we still did not have entrees. We asked waiter what the problem was because we didn't have time to wait. He said he put oit order in 48 mins ago. We asked for manager. By 710pm we had no food so we had to leave. The manager profusely apologized and tried to make it right. They did not charge us for any food, and boxed up our meals to take with us. She said due to it being pizza week they had more people requesting pizzas than expected. Most of us had ordered pasta so I don't buy the excuse. I don't fault the waiter as much as the kitchen staff. Unfortunately we couldn't take our food into the theatre so it got cold at the concierge desk. Even though the manager was very apologetic and gracious I doubt we will be back anytime soon when we have theatre plans. Most other downtown Cincinnati restaurants are used to theatre groups, so they are usually on top of getting dinners out promptly. I don't know what happened that night. I do usually enjoy the food, and the cocktails are always delicious. However they need to fix the service problems.

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

The food was great. I had the bruschetta for an appetizer and a burger for an entree. My companion had pasta. Everything looked and tasted great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The service was very good. A very nice atmosphere. Food was very good. Would highly recomend.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I made a reservation for 8:15 pm on a Saturday night. Every server was running around like crazy. It took 10 minutes before a server greeted us and 25 minutes to get our drinks. The food was absolutely amazing, but I think the staff was short handed for the number of people still there to dine.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The view from our table was great. The food was good, except that the steak was overdone and potato side was underdone. Dessert was great! Our server Levi was very attentive and stop at our table frequently to make our needs were met and drinks were full. We would come to Palominos again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The new menu is exceptional. I did miss my usual, as it isn't on the menu any longer but I thoroughly enjoyed the Ragu!!! Great dinner and the noise level is perfect for a business dinner.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Palomino has a diverse menu for an Italian restaurant. Options range from traditional to "foodie" and definitely offer enough to please everyone. The service and atmosphere are outstanding.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Husband and I went here for the first time for a date night. Great food, great view of Fountain Square. We'd definitely go back!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Perfectly prepared dining, warm, friendly ambience, excellent service, every time. A little pricey but you get what you pay for, and your dollar is rewarded here. Enjoy!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Paleo Friendly
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Poor service, food just average. Salads (very small for $9.00) came before appetizers (which at 6 pm they were already out of the one requested). Disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic service, went two days in a row while in town because of their willingness to accommodate food allergies and a long list of restrictions.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Scenic View, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in downtown Cincinnati.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good service from our waitress and original seating hostess. My seafood salad was an interesting and eclectic mix of shrimp , crab and shredded tuna, avocado, deviled egg and lettuce. It was an adventuresome dish. My lemon drop Martini was okay, but with 1/2 price happy hour prices I can't complain. We felted faked out by the floor hostess who asked how our meals were , but answered her own question before we could respond. Overall we had fun though and will dine there again.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We were there for a business lunch with an attorney from PA. Stephen or Steven was our waiter. He was absolutely amazing!! He was attentive and funny. He made our lunch special.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

At one time, Palomino was a premiere restaurant in Cincinnati. No longer. It's food is ok but not memorable. It's above average prices do not reflect "just ok" food however. As a downtown restaurant in a great location with a nice view of Fountain Square, Palomino is still a nice place to visit. But, not often. It could use some serious improvement in food quality, number of servers and overall value.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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